ABBALab Acceleration Program

ABBALab supports teams who want to challenge making of hardware and services in the Internet of Things, from early phase of prototype up to optimized production. ABBALab’s support includes investment, mentoring and facilities. Monthly updates will be required and additional support will be provided if the teams can demonstrate outcome.(ABBALab’s way of IoT

What we support


Based on valuation of 30 million Yen to 50 million Yen, ABBALab will invest 3 million yen up to 10 million yen for prototype phase. If teams are successful, follow-on investment will be provided starting 5 million yen up to a total of 100 million yen per team to support optimized production.


IoT hardware prototype requires not only mechanical, electrical and cosmetical design knowledge, but also business planning, finance and management. ABBALab with its partner companies and partner mentors will provide necessary mentoring and training programs to acquire necessary skills and knowledge for teams to grow as successful companies.


Teams will have access to DMM.make AKIBA shared office and workshop to conduct daily development activities. All necessary equipment, from electric circuitry, measurement, cosmetic design, test bench etc are accessible 24/7 with the aid of technical staffs as necessary.:]

Eligible teams

ABBALab is looking to meet motivated teams with wonderful ideas and plans in IoT hardware, and also possesses a very early prototype. We ask to the teams to produce prototypes aimed to test-market at crowd funding and further on to optimized production. We also ask the team to demonstrate outcome to ABBALab members from time to time.

Why ABBALab values crowd funding

In the business in general and in the optimized production that ABBALab aims for, we see the importance of knowing how many people want to buy your products. Crowd funding is one of the efficient ways to achieve this and we value this test marketing opportunities in order to assess market demand and further consideration of follow-on investment.

(日本語) ABBALabのもとめる

We have categorized into Internet, Device and Things so to differentiate the “aspects” and “hardware”, and classified into Input, Logic and Output to show the transition of values. The start-up teams who wish to participate to ABBALab’s acceleration program will be asked to fill out this matrix attractively. Following points will also be considered for the assessment;

abbalab iot matrix
  1. Are censing of behavior, changes of physical symptoms or environmental aspects are considered more than manipulation of the device?
  2. What is the logic that brings new value to the censored data?
  3. What is the logic that brings new value to the censored data?
  4. Can the team plan/design censing and feedback devices.
  5. Is the data storage and utilization considered via connection of the device to the internet.

Our spaces

Teams supported by ABBALab Acceleration Program will have access to DMM.make AKIBA, a shared-office and shared-factory at 2 minutes from Akihabara station in Tokyo. The facility is equipped with all necessaries to do your prototyping from machineries to 3D CAD system and an ideal place to meet up with other start-ups.


The STUDIO is equipped with the following;

  • 3 axis machining center
  • 5 axis machining center
  • CAD (high, mid, low end)
  • CAE
  • CAM
  • 3D printers
  • 3D scanners
  • Laser cutter
  • Cutting machines
  • Chip mounter
  • X ray inspection
  • Rework machine
  • Vibration tester
  • Water resistance tester
  • Load volume tester
  • Shield room
  • Spectrum analyser
  • Drilling machine
  • Lathe, band saw
  • Milling machine
  • Sand blast
  • UV printer
  • Vacuum casting machine
  • Plating apparatus
  • Sewing machines
  • Digital plate making machine
  • Silk screen writer
  • etc
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The BASE is a free address working space for teams to work on projects and invite guests for meetings.

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